If you would have asked me ten years ago whether I knew what Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles Tendonitis, pronation, Heel Spurs and orthotics were I would have stared blankly, paused for a brief moment and said – “ah no”? Today it’s a different story. Fortunately or unfortunately, I’m more than well aware of what they are. Why? Because over the past five years I, like many other people in their prime, have suffered from nagging heel pain or, in my particular case, the more medically correct terms Achilles Tendonitis and Bursitis.
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How did I get heel pain you ask? Well, in retrospect, it wasn’t just a sudden onset of pain that I felt. It had been progressing slowly but surely over a number of years. However, I remember only too well those initial twinges beginning to take grip about five years ago when I reached my mid forties.
You see, like many people, I used to drive my car to the nearest train station, walk from the car to the platform, travel to work by train, walk on hard concrete pavements to my place of work, walk around on those same hard surfaces throughout the day up and down the city visiting clients and doing business, going for a lunch time “health walk” (yes you’ve guessed it) up and back along those pavements and in the evenings going home by the same route as I did coming in. This was five days a week, 48 weeks a year over many years. I did all of this in hard heeled business shoes and not in shock absorbing walking or running shoes. I kept this routine up day in day out without any apparent signs of heel pain.